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October 28, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Barack Obama’s appeal

AP Photo / Amy Sancetta

Charod Barton, 12, of Akron, Ohio, cheers on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at a rally in the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio on Monday.

It’s happening

Editor, The Times:

What will a Sen. Barack Obama victory mean?

To me, a 66-year-old black man, it will be a testament that things are changing for the better in this country. It will give meaning to the American dream and proclamations of a free and equal society. That all men and women can truly be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. It will mean a new deck that contains fewer race cards is placed on the table.

African Americans will simply be Americans. Most will feel a new sense of pride in who they are and how, as a people, they have overcome and risen to equal status with all other Americans. They will feel they actually have a stake in the success and future of this country and will want to have a greater role.

Eventually, they will see the erosion of feeling victimized by the white power structure and society, replaced by the attitude that the future is in their hands and that they can create and dictate their own destiny.

It won’t happen for everyone, nor will it be overnight, but for a significant segment of the population it will happen.

I feel fortunate to have witnessed this evolution, which I always wished for but thought would never happen in my lifetime.

The next generation’s lives will be filled with much more positives than mine. Hopefully, they will take advantage of what has been presented to them.

— James Watkins, Redmond

We need an upgrade

As Nov. 4 quickly approaches, I grow increasingly uncertain of the final presidential verdict, despite the polls.

Why? Because my Word document still insists on underlining Sen. Barack Obama’s name as incorrect.

Perhaps that little red, squiggly line speaks volumes about a reluctance to accept change, no matter how universally beneficial.

I am voting for Obama not to fight a centuries-old injustice or to be on the right side of history. No, my vote is much more selfish: I am voting for the Illinois senator to fight an eight-year injustice and make sure we are on the right side of our future.

Our country deserves the change only Obama can deliver. He is the personification of the American dream, and I believe his election will ensure that this precious dream will be preserved for us all.

After our new president addresses our dire economic needs, I also look forward to a new lexicon for my Word program.

— Richard O’Brien, Washougal

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